Bunnys Kyoto SC 1 - 3 Nittaidai Football Club Ladies
In Saturday's only game Nittaidai went clear of the pack on sixteen points with a straightforward win away to Bunnys. Uemura Shoko both opened and closed the scoring, and her brace takes her to eight goals for the season thus far.
Ito Yukina had doubled Nittaidai's lead on 24 minutes, and it wasn't until the 73rd minute that Bunnys got back into the game, Kawano Maaya with her first ever league goal.
Nittaidai were safe with Uemura's second two minutes later, and they remain clear following Setagaya and Takatsuki's losses on Sunday. They again play in the only match on Saturday, at home to Ange Violet Hiroshima. Bunnys are away to Ehime on Sunday.
Bunnys Kyoto SC:
Konno Mai, Akiyama Ryo, Saito Hitomi (capt), Yamamoto Yumi, Kawano Maaya, Yamashita Yu, Sawada Yuka, Matsuda Nozomi, Shibuya Yumiko, Akamine Mizuki, Hanazaki Rena
Subs: Yamaguchi Yurie (Yamashita Yu, 69 mins), Fuchibe Mami (Hanazaki Rena, 78 mins), Masuda Kasumi (Kawano Maaya, 85 mins)
Scorers: Kawano Maaya (73 mins)
Nittaidai Football Club Ladies:
Inoue Nene, Sakurai Mayuka, Haza Hisui, Abe Rie, Oki Shiho, Ito Yukina (capt), Goto Ami, Kojima Wakiko, Nozu Erika, Maeda Risa, Uemura Shoko
Subs: Hirata Hikari (Maeda Risa, 62 mins), Enokidani Misaki (Goto Ami, 77 mins), Kitano Rie (Uemura Shoko, 87 mins)
Unused subs: Matsuda Kasumi, Mihara Kaho
Scorers: Uemura Shoko (16, 75 mins), Ito Yukina (24 mins)
Booked: Oki Shiho
Cerezo Osaka Sakai Ladies 1 - 5 Ehime FC Ladies
Cerezo Osaka Sakai stay rooted to the bottom as they face a challenge to avoid relegation in their second season. As usual they didn't have a bad start, Hayashi equalising Haruyama's opener as both sides scored early, but they couldn't keep it up and in the second half Ehime ran riot to score four more goals.
Indeed Haruyama ran the show, creating two goals as well as scoring two, her first since rejoining from JEF United. The other three scorers were Kushiyama Saki, Akune Mana and a first of the 2014 season for Ogawa Manami.
Ehime's promotion chances are slim, but they will expect to remain in the top half with a win over Bunnys this weekend. Cerezo Osaka Sakai face the resurgent Fukuoka.
Cerezo Osaka Sakai Ladies:
Fukunaga Erika, Fujiwara Nodoka, Wakisaka Reina, Takarada Saori, Takahashi China, Furusawa Rui, Hayashi Honoka, Maegawa Miki, Nojima Sakura, Nishida Meika (capt), Matsubara Shiho
Subs: Yakata Miyu (Nojima Sakura, HT), Tamazakura Kotono (Furusawa Rui, 64 mins), Nishinaka Maho (Fukunaga Erika, 90+2 mins), Hashimitsu Kyoka (Fujiwara Nodoka, 90+2 mins), Morinaka Hina (Takahashi China, 90+2 mins)
Scorers: Hayashi Honoka (6 mins)
Ehime FC Ladies:
Osako Hanako, Kushiyama Saki, Kamata Ran, Nishimura Nozomi, Kariya Maiko, Watai Shiori, Yamashiro Miyuki, Nishigawa Sayumi (capt), Akune Mana, Haruyama Saori, Tagami Natsumi
Subs: Ogawa Manami (Tagami Natsumi, 67 mins), Oya Ayumi (Nishimura Nozomi, 77 mins), Iwamoto Yuka (Kushiyama Saki, 82 mins)
Unused subs: Ueno Yukiko, Mukaidani Ayaka
Scorers: Haruyama Saori (3, 90 mins), Kushiyama Saki (46 mins), Akune Mana (68 mins), Ogawa Manami (90+4 mins)
Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki 0 - 1 Fukuoka J. Anclas
Another very fine win for Fukuoka against the previously unbeaten Takatsuki has relieved the pressure on Kyushu's only league team while raising doubts about Takatsuki's promotion ambitions.
Just as in last week's surprise win over Nojima, Fukuoka again struck late with the only goal of the game, this time coming from Fujimoto Yuki, her first of the season.
Fukuoka move well clear of the bottom, and it is bottom side Cerezo that they next play at home. Takatsuki, without Maruyama Karina due to her participation in the Asian Cup, will look to recover in the big clash with Nojima.
Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki:
Ono Maya, Hirano Satoko, Hatanaka Miyuka, Akiba Yumeko, Shimamura Yuko, Yoshimura Midori, Torao Naomi, Takatani Misato, Narumiya Yui, Sato Kaede (capt), Hazuki Yuki
Subs: Ishikawa Yuu (Takatani Misato, 59 mins), Horiuchi Sayaka (Shimamura Yuko, 88 mins)
Unused subs: Gocho Misaki, Ikeda Asumi, Toyama Sayuri
Booked: Ishikawa Yuu, Shimamura Yuko
Fukuoka J. Anclas:
Shimada Megumi, Yanagita Shiori, Hanada Aiko (capt), Ito Chisa, Fujisawa Marin, Ukita Kotone, Doi Narumi, Doshita Misato, Yoshizawa Ai, Fujimoto Yuki, Marugata Rie
Subs: Takahashi Chizuru (Doi Narumi, 63 mins), Fukui Shihori (Marugata Rie, 79 mins)
Unused subs: Kishi Hoshimi, Inoue Miku, Misawa Chihiro
Scorers: Fujimoto Yuki (84 mins)
Booked: Takahashi Chizuru
Ange Violet Hiroshima 1 - 3 Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara
Ange Violet advertised the visit of Nojima with reference to the number of goals the opposition both score and concede, but on this occasion the visitors did enough to win, though they again failed to keep a clean sheet.
After a scoreless first half, Minamino Arisa scored the sixth goal of her maiden season, with Yoshimi Natsuki scoring twice in four minutes - with an Enya Mari goal in between - to keep Nojima within touching distance of automatic promotion.
Next weekend's meeting between Nojima and Takatsuki is a test of strength for both sides, with Ange Violet also travelling east to Kanagawa to play leaders Nittaidai on Saturday afternoon.
Ange Violet Hiroshima:
Uetani Kumiko, Kitagawa Kana, Yamashita Kurumi, Tanaka Ayako (capt), Konishi Natsuki, Saihara Mizuki, Yamagata Hisami, Ichikawa Sonoka, Takeda Yuki, Katsurama Fumina, Enya Mari
Subs: Mizuno Yuri (Saihara Mizuki, 29 mins), Tokoro Yuka (Ichikawa Sonoka, 89 mins)
Unused subs: Kameda Megumi, Akagi Yui, Uozumi Arisa
Scorers: Enya Mari (77 mins)
Booked: Tanaka Ayako
Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara:
Kobayashi Shiori, Terada Reiko, Yoshida Ayaka, Kinjo Airi, Goto Maika, Yoshimi Natsuki, Omiya Reona, Kawarazaki Nozomi, Minamino Arisa, Oyama Saki (capt), Kanai Nanae
Subs: Nagasawa Madoka (Kawarazaki Nozomi, 64 mins), Inoue Yurie (Omiya Reona, 64 mins), Saito Haruna (Yoshimi Natsuki, 86 mins)
Unused subs: Nanjo Masayo, Nishimura Atsumi
Scorers: Minamino Arisa (47 mins), Yoshimi Natsuki (76, 79 mins)
Tokiwagi Gakuen High School 3 - 0 Shizuoka Sangyo University Iwata Bonita
Tokiwagi Gakuen recovered from last week's defeat to the JFA Academy to easily see off Shizuoka Sangyo who now have just one win from six games. Kobayashi Rikako scored her first goals this season, having missed the two opening games while away in Costa Rica. Kadowaki Shihomi scored the other goal just before the hour mark to also take her to two for the season.
Tokiwagi move into the top seven but next face a stiffer test away to Setagaya. Shizuoka should have enough to see off local rivals Shimizu Daihachi Pleiades.
Tokiwagi Gakuen High School:
Ono Asuka, Kawasaki Saya, Matsukubo Akari, Ichise Nana, Asari Iku, Nishikawa Ayaka (capt), Sasaki Yukina, Sugihara Haruna, Shiraki Akari, Kadowaki Shihomi, Kobayashi Rikako
Subs: Mitsuhashi Asuka (Kadowaki Shihomi, 71 mins), Ogiwara Yuka (Sugihara Haruna, 81 mins)
Unused subs: Suzuki Aguri, Genseki Kiyoka, Fujino Suzuka
Scorers: Kobayashi Rikako (12, 68 mins), Kadowaki Shihomi (58 mins)
Shizuoka Sangyo University Iwata Bonita:
Inukai Ayano, Shiroshita Chinatsu, Nishiyama Mei, Nakase Akane, Ishida Risa, Kubota Mitsuki, Ogata Yurika, Hirano Asami (capt), Kanno Mie, Shimamura Kumiko, Oda Kanna
Subs: Suzuki Rina (Nakase Akane, 30 mins), Kuchiki Hikaru (Kanno Mie, 52 mins), Watanabe Mayu (Kuchiki Hikaru, 64 mins)
Unused subs: Terada Ikumi, Takahata Airi
AS Harima Albion 2 - 1 Sfida Setagaya FC
Harima's superb start to their first Challenge League campaign continued as they upset the visiting Sfida Setagaya. All three goals came in the first half, with former Belle player Sakai Nozomi scoring her first ever league goal on 17 minutes from a direct free kick, with Setagaya equalising four minutes later, Nagasaki Akane finding the net after a scramble in the box.
Harima won the game with veteran Fujimoto Madoka scoring her second of the season to keep the Hyogo side within three points of leaders Nittaidai, along with four other sides.
Setagaya next face Tokiwagi Gakuen at home, a side to whom they lost twice last season. Harima travel to Niigata to play the JSCL.
AS Harima Albion:
Kirihata Kotono, Egami Narumi (capt), Kitagawa Wakana, Nishiyama Emi, Sakai Nozomi, Fujimoto Madoka, Okajima Eri, Nakajima Chihiro, Shirota Miki, Chiba Sonoko, Murakawa Saki
Subs: Saito Manami (Nakajima Chihiro, HT)
Unused subs: Sugimoto Aoi, Minami Chiho, Sugiyama Yuka, Koyano Yuu
Scorers: Sakai Nozomi (17 mins), Fujimoto Madoka (42 mins)
Sfida Setagaya FC:
Ishino Himeka, Nagasawa Yume, Tanaka Marina (capt), Okada Ayame, Fukuhara Nao, Tanaka Mariko, Shimojo Aya, Nakaoka Momoko, Nagasaki Akane, Sunoki Yurie, Usuda Haruka
Subs: Kawashima Tamai (Okada Ayame, HT), Hasegawa Aoi (Nakaoka Momoko, HT), Shano Miki (Nagasaki Akane, 74 mins), Hayashi Reika (Sunoki Yurie, 78 mins)
Unused subs: Kawamura Yuki
Scorers: Nagasaki Akane (21 mins)
Booked: Nagasaki Akane, Tanaka Mariko
Shimizu Daihachi Pleiades 0 - 2 JFA Academy Fukushima
The JFA Academy played an entirely different side to that which defeated Tokiwagi Gakuen and had no trouble in seeing off Shimizu with a team which largely consisted of very young girls.
It was thirteen-year-old Endo Jun with her first two league goals in the first half which won the game for the Academy, who hadn't far to travel from their temporary base in Gotenba.
Shimizu again look destined to finish in the relegation zone, and next face another local rival, Shizuoka Sangyo who will be heavy favourites. The Academy have a much tougher rival in Nagano.
Shimizu Daihachi Pleiades:
Maruyama Kimi, Kobayashi Natsumi, Taniguchi Emi, Kawachi Erika, Oda Sayaka, Miyagawa Tomoko, Sato Kaede, Kanashiro Wakana (capt), Yamaki Kotomi, Miura Kyoko, Kawasumi Saki
Subs: Hanabusa Misa (Taniguchi Emi, HT), Matsushita Norimi (Miyagawa Tomoko, 72 mins)
Unused subs: Inoue Yurie, Baba Sayumi, Hirukawa Mio
JFA Academy Fukushima:
Hannah Stambaugh, Chiba Nanami, Nezu Makoto, Takahira Miyu, Tsukamoto Natsuki, Iseri Natsuki, Yonei Honoka (capt), Togawa Yuki, Tomioka Chihiro, Takeda Asumi, Endo Jun
Subs: Arai Miyu (Tomioka Chihiro, HT), Ishida Chihiro (Togawa Yuki, 61 mins), Iwai Ran (Ishida Chihiro, 87 mins), Ono Haruka (Chiba Nanami, 88 mins)
Unused subs: Asano Natsumi
Scorers: Endo Jun (26, 41 mins)
AC Nagano Parceiro Ladies 4 - 0 Japan Soccer College Ladies
Nagano move into second place on goal difference following this win over the JSCL, who have been disappointing this season. What has not been disappointing has been the scoring prowess of Yokoyama Kumi, and she opened the scoring in the fourth minute - already her eleventh goal of the season.
The contest was over as early as the eighth minute, Hashiura Satsuki with the first of her two goals this afternoon, her second coming seven minutes after half-time. Yajima Yuki has proved a valuable signing from AS Elfen Saitama, and she scored her second in Nagano colours ten minutes from time to give Nagano an impressive victory.
Nagano travel south to face the JFA Academy expecting another three points, with the JSCL at home to Harima.
AC Nagano Parceiro Ladies:
Ikegaya Natsumi, Tanaka Nami (capt), Oshima Nozomi, Yajima Yuki, Shigemasa Kai, Shinohara Shihoko, Yoshida Aoi, Uchiyama Tomoyo, Hamagaki Kana, Yokoyama Kumi, Hashiura Satsuki
Subs: Urasaki Yuka (Shinohara Shihoko, 60 mins), Nomoto Hanako (Uchiyama Tomoyo, 71 mins), Uchiyama Tomoka (Hamagaki Kana, 84 mins)
Unused subs: Kanefuda Anzu, Hatano Saki
Scorers: Yokoyama Kumi (4 mins), Hashiura Satsuki (8, 52 mins), Yajima Yuki (79 mins)
Japan Soccer College Ladies:
Kawashima Kana, Nomura Natsumi, Takahashi Sakura, Yukita Rui, Sano Saki, Kusakari Ayako (capt), Kudo Asami, Nakashima Ayaka, Toriumi Mai, Sakaguchi Yuki, Iwasaki Manami
Subs: Tadano Yuki (Yukita Rui, 75 mins), Ishibuchi Yuki (Sano Saki, 82 mins)
Unused subs: Endo Honami, Otomo Chinatsu, Yoneda Saki
Booked: Yukita Rui